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 By Judy Booth    News    May 22, 2024 
Two musicians stand behind four guitars

Guitar Festival fills La Conner with music

A couple thousand artisans, luthiers, musicians and wood millers from as far away as Italy and Spain, landed here last weekend for the sixth annual La Conner Guitar Festival to see, listen to and...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 15, 2024

Fire District 13 puts 2 EMTs at Summit Park

There’s supply and demand, but it can be demand and supply. The latter condition has led Skagit County Fire District 13 to assign two emergency medical technicians for 12-hour shifts two days per week at the Summit Park station near Highway 20 s...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 8, 2024
A group of people meet around a table

Mayor hears views on Jenson field

Some 13 people shared their views on the Town of La Conner's half-acre Jenson field property with Mayor Marna Hanneman Saturday at the La Conner Swinomish Library. Most had started the discussion...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 8, 2024

Need 5 to get to 124

Last Saturday some 13 people – mostly La Conner residents, along with Channel Drive and Pull and Be Damned neighbors and the Home Trust of Skagit executive director – met Mayor Marna Hanneman at the La Conner Swinomish Library for her monthly com...

 

About Chorale's 'On the Air' show

The Skagit Valley Chorale and friends are bringing audiences a musical time capsule of life in mid-twentieth century America on May 4 and 5. Artistic Director Yvette Burdick has assembled a unique program of music originally performed by Fred Waring...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 17, 2024

Sales tax added to benefit streets, sidewalks

Town council members last week paved the way to pay for future work on La Conner’s streets, sidewalks and trails. The panel during its April 9 public meeting unanimously approved a 0.1% sales tax to fund the town’s new Transportation Benefit Dis...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    March 27, 2024

Anacortes event center plans progressing

The Anacortes City Council and the Port of Anacortes commissioners voted unanimously to authorize the Port’s executive director to enter into an interlocal agreement regarding the conceptual design of an event center at the corner of Ninth Street a...

 
 By Rep. Dave Paul    News    March 27, 2024

2024 Legislature wrap-up: Update on a successful legislative session

We have wrapped up the 2024 legislative session, and I'm pleased to report that state lawmakers worked together to pass legislation and fund projects to benefit Washingtonians. I'm especially proud...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 20, 2024

From the editor - Counting students in or out

La Conner School District Director of Finance David Cram offered a realistic assessment last summer when presenting student enrollment numbers and the year’s budget to the school board and Superintendent Will Nelson. The head count in the e...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 20, 2024

Civic leaders keynote La Conner Rotary Farmers and Merchants dinner

Harvest time on the La Conner flats is months away, but the time is ripe now to cultivate goodwill. That was the prevailing theme at the annual La Conner Rotary Club Farmers and Merchants Night...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 21, 2024

Port hikes moorage rates at marina

Boaters and campers tying up their boats or parking their RVs at the La Conner Marina will be paying 5% and 10% more starting in April. Port of Skagit Commissioners passed a resolution updating Marina moorage fees and “miscellaneous charges” at their...

 

Editorial: Build a bridge to the future

The one project and institution that, indisputably, all people in our community and on both sides of the channel rallied around and supported with time, ongoing work and money, was the building of the La Conner Swinomish Library. That became a dream...

 

Council considers bond for fire boat

If February's first town council meeting was any indication, new La Conner Mayor Marna Hanneman is in it for the long haul. The marathon Feb. 13 session covered new and old business and multiple...

 

Town sets forum Feb. 20 to discuss First St. parking

While it’s been a hot topic in La Conner for decades, the last word on parking likely won’t be spoken here anytime soon. And the always lively local conversation continues 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Civic Garden Club on South Second Street. The sec...

 

Energetic entrepreneur Greg Whiting

Greg Whiting has rarely – if ever – lacked for energy. Consider that in a robust and wide-ranging professional life Whiting has variously researched, analyzed, helped develop and written about ene...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 24, 2024

Forum on parking set for Feb. 20

Hours before snow hit outside, the La Conner Planning Commissioners plowed through a busy agenda during their 80-minute Jan. 16 hybrid meeting at Maple Hall. The pile of issues addressed were housing and parking issues, the status of the Talmon...

 

HF Sinclair grants Skagit Bay Search & Rescue $25,000

ANACORTES — Skagit Bay Search and Rescue has been granted $25,000 by HF Sinclair to support the basing of a new marine emergency response boat in Anacortes. A ceremony with a representational presenting of the donation will be held at Seafarer’s Mem...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 10, 2024

Opportunities for building in the new year

New Town of La Conner Mayor Marna Hanneman chaired her first town council meeting yesterday, Jan. 9. The council packet she received the week before included a memo from Town Administrator Scott Thomas. Its first point summarized for council the...

 

Every heavy rain shows ring dike is needed now

Well, once again we dodged a bullet, the atmospheric river hit mostly just south of us this time. Two years ago the atmospheric river hit the Skagit watershed pretty hard, but Whatcom County got hammered and towns along the Canadian border were...

 
Snow geese fill a field next to a farm.

Snow geese population a problem for Skagit farmers

In late autumn on the cusp of cool winter days, snow comes early to Washington when thousands of aloft avians, snow geese, land here in a flurry of white feathers. "We call it a snow storm, they just...

 
Ecology blocks with sandbags on top in front of Moore-Clark building.

Emergency management means issues beyond flooding

La Conner's new flood barriers are staged and in place up and down the waterfront. But the work of the Town's six-member Emergency Management Commission has only just begun. The Nov. 11 power outage...

 

Anacortes makes Creative District

The Washington Arts Commission has announced a Certified Creative District in Anacortes. The Anacortes Creative District is located in the heart of Fidalgo Island and nestled between the San Juan Islands, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. As a part of a W...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    November 1, 2023

Long-term strategies for emergencies discussed

The Town’s saltwater flood barriers are nearly all in place ahead of king tide season, but for La Conner’s six-member Emergency Management Commission the heavy lifting is just getting started. The panel has focused primarily on short-term flood mit...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 25, 2023
Planning Director Michael Davolio talks with small group.

Town's short-term rentals forum draws large turnout

Town officials and La Conner residents have spent a long time discussing short-term rentals. Which has been part of the plan all along – and going forward. The needle inched further toward defining s...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 18, 2023

Ballots and local elections coming

Voters living in the La Conner School District have one choice on their ballot in the school board race for the District 2 director. John Agen, elected to the District 1 position in 2019, has moved into the district. Janie Beasley, defeated in her...

 

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